The Washington Redskins have fired GM Scot McCloughan after just two season as the General Manager. The McCloughan saga has come to an end and the dysfunction at Ashburn rises to a new level.
An official with direct knowledge of the situation attributed the decision to McCloughan’s ongoing problems with alcohol, which also led to his firing from front office positions with the San Francisco 49ers in 2010 and Seattle Seahawks in 2014.
“He’s had multiple relapses due to alcohol,” said the official, who spoke on a condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment on personnel matters. “He showed up in the locker room drunk on multiple occasions. . . . This has been a disaster for 18 months.”
If this is in fact true, then the Redskins are completely justified in their ousting McCloughan as GM. It comes at the very worst time possible, with the advent of free agency and the NFL Draft just two months away. Of course, the other interesting questions that needs raised is, if in fact, this has been going on for 18 months, why wait until free agency and the NFL Draft are near. Make no logical sense.
The question is though, is this in fact the truth.
In the view of many players and people who dealt with him almost daily, if McCloughan had an alcohol dependence, he appeared to be what’s often referred to as “a functioning alcoholic.”
Of a half-dozen Redskins players reached Thursday afternoon, none said they’d ever seen McCloughan drink in the locker room. All but one said they never saw him act if he weren’t composed and in control. They added that they never felt he wasn’t able to do his job, and they seemed surprised the question was being raised.
But yet …
Another player, however, characterized McCloughan as frequently drunk but never thought much about it because his behavior and comportment never changed.And the saga continues on and on and on.
The fact of the matter is, the players loved McCloughan. The fact they loved him so much and supported him even if he was drinking tells you what they think of Bruce Allen. This is not going to get any better. It can’t. Allen wants the control so more than likely Allen will replace McCloughan with an Allen “yes man” and that does not bode well for the Washington Redskins.
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